Russia To Ban Swearing On The Internet

from the bloody-hell dept

A year ago, we wrote about a Russian law that introduced a blacklist designed to block access to information on drugs, suicide and child pornography (all for the children, of course.) Strangely, that same law was then used to silence leading reporters who dared to criticize the government (bet nobody saw that coming....)

Well, Russian politicians are back to thinking of the children now, and want to make further amendments to the law, as this report on the English version of Pravda reveals:

State Duma Deputy Yelena Mizulina intends to make further amendments to the Law "On the Protection of Children." The chairwoman of the Committee on Family, Women and Children put forward a suggestion to punish people for using dirty language in social networks.

According to politician, the pages full of posts and messages containing swear words, will have to be blocked within 24 hours, if harmful information is not deleted. This should apply to pages on social networks, websites, and various forums.
Yes, you read that correctly: the new law would forbid the use of "dirty language" pretty much anywhere online. If the offending phrases aren't quickly removed, the relevant page will be added to the blacklist. The chairman of the Moscow Regional Bar Association, Sergei Smirnov, is all for it:
"Obscene language offends both children and adults. A ban on its use is not an infringement of human rights. This is a direction towards a civilized lifestyle. If we do not use foul language in real life, then why do we use it on the Internet?"
Right: so politicians want a ban on swearing online, because apparently no one in Russia ever swears offline.

That'll work.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 10:46am

    "If we do not use foul language in real life, then why do we use it on the Internet?"

    Easily countered: "I use foul language in real life".

     

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    Ninja (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 10:49am

    I'm sure this would fit in the Russian Reversal meme...

    I vote for this same article to be written by Tim (any of them or both in a combo) for shitloads of laughter! *raises hand*

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 10:50am

    who ever brings this forward

    who ever brings this forward i want to hit there hand with a hammer and listen to all the polite shit they say LOL

     

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    Nigel (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 10:56am

    How the fuck do they plan on enforcing this :)

    Nigel

     

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      Ninja (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 10:59am

      Re:

      ебля дерьмо!

      Special thanks to Google Translate. Whatever is written there.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 1:57pm

      Re:

      The only way they'd realistically enforce this is to shut down the Internet, because that worked so well for Arab Spring countries, right?

       

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      Robert A. Rosenberg (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 9:20pm

      Re: Enforcing Cursing Ban

      Nigel asked
      "How the fuck do they plan on enforcing this :)"

      By administering a case of Lead Poisoning (via Hypersonically delivering copper covered lead pellets) to those who curse on the internet.

       

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 10:57am

    Disappointed...

    ... that the first comment on this story wasn't something like "Oh, fuck."

     

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      Ninja (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:02am

      Re: Disappointed...

      *puts on English style hat with a fancy monocle and starts speaking with that somewhat royal, somewhat weird British accent*

      Your readers are very polite, dear sir. You should be glad you will be in total compliance with the Russian law. The best you would hear from these distinct gentleman would be "Oh, feces!". Ahem.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:35am

        Re: Re: Disappointed...

        I think the proper "translation" here is "Oh, Coitus".

        "Oh, Intercourse" is acceptable, but just doesn't roll off the tongue.

         

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          Ninja (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 12:49pm

          Re: Re: Re: Disappointed...

          Why thank you for your polite admonishment on my lack of attention, sir! In my impetus to defend our distinguished readers I "translated" what would perfectly fit in the referred moment but did not reflect what our grandiloquent writer expected. Ahem.

           

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          btrussell (profile), Aug 5th, 2013 @ 2:07am

          Re: Re: Re: Disappointed...

          To roll on the tongue, you need "Oh, Oral sex."

           

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:11am

      Re: Disappointed...

      Personally, I'm more disappointed that no one has made a "In Soviet Russia..." joke.

       

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      CK20XX, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 12:01pm

      Re: Disappointed...

      I was tempted because I love seeing precision irony strikes, but I just don't swear, not online nor in real life. It's not nice!

      Besides, hearing the word "fuck" echoed everywhere as-is only reminds me of the species' insipid obsession with propagation. It's like, the more people yammer about how awesome sex is, the more convinced I am that it is one of the biggest nothings to ever exist. I've seen that church many times and I'm not interested in joining it.

       

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      Rikuo (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 12:10pm

      Re: Disappointed...

      I think Cartman said it best

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGHcFfqZl34

      Happy now Mike? It's even got your favourite "celebrity" in there ^^

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:05am

    How are they going to go about enforcing this? Because that's the question how are they going to stop private chats, foreign swearing, ect?

     

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      crade (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:10am

      Re:

      The same way all these sort of laws are enforced.. Not at all unless it suits some agenda.. If your political opponent's or some critic's site had a comment on it with language that could be interpreted as foul, you can shut it down.. That sort of thing.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:12am

    Censoring people's speech, isn't very 'civilized'. The ones pushing for civility, are the most barbaric of all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:13am

    I would not be surprised of the Christian Right had something to do with this. It was religious lunatics that pressed for Pussy Riot to be prosecuted.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 12:31pm

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      Given how far reaching this is, much like the CDA would have been, if upheld by the Supreme Court, I wonder if we will have the nutcases the advocated boycotting the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta over the CDA advocating a boycott what could be considered Russia's version of the CDA.

       

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      John Nieler, Jul 30th, 2013 @ 1:41am

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:13am

      Oh look, a disgruntled atheist stating that Christians are to blame for such a ban being created. Good thing you're an Anonymous Coward.

       

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        Niall (profile), Jul 30th, 2013 @ 4:53am

        Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:13am

        Most atheists don't have the kind of 'moral anal ramrod' that causes them to start censoring others of things that harm no-one. Christianists, though, along with the other Abrahamic religions, can be a bit close-minded about stuff like this.

        Or will you tell me that the Victorians were all rampaging atheists?

         

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    Transmitte (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:25am

    In Soviet Russia...

    Yeah, I see this happening. Good luck with that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:26am

    it isn't this half wit that's got an arm up Cameron's back, is it? this is as big a load of crap for an idea as what he's coming out with! this attitude of 'i dont like this, so everyone else has to do likewise' has got to stop! it's the thin end of the censorship wedge that will definitely make things worse even before they get worse!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:29am

    Words change meaning

    A language community can choose any word as a swear word, or as a substitute for a banned word. E.g. racists in the US using "Canadians" as meaning black people, as a sad but real example.

     

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      Alt0, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:50am

      Re: Words change meaning

      A local cop here has told me they (the cops her) use "Canadians" on the police radio in the way you described.

      Going to be a lot of banned sites in Russia now.

       

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      AdamBv1 (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 1:25pm

      Re: Words change meaning

      One of my favorite examples of this was on 4chan when "nigger" became an instaban word it almost instantly got replaced with "redguard" (yes, as in the ones from the Elder Scrolls games).

      And I had not heard of "Canadians" as a euphemism for black people before, that would be incredibly confusing to me if I heard it in conversation.

       

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        John Fenderson (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 4:18pm

        Re: Re: Words change meaning

        I've never heard of that before, either, but it raises a pressing question: what do they say if they're talking about Canadians?

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 30th, 2013 @ 1:35am

      Re: Words change meaning

      Wait, as an American I've never heard of this. Where the heck did you hear an American using 'Canadian' to refer to someone with dark skin?...

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jul 30th, 2013 @ 12:52pm

        Re: Re: Words change meaning

        I heard it used in northern Virginia in the context of restaurant server discussions.

         

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    Nick Burns (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:39am

    If the assholes in Congress tried to pull this kind of shit here, it would fucking piss me off.

     

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      A Monkey with Attitude, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 12:20pm

      Re:

      But they are, just not quite as open... listen to their views of the internet and many other things, i.e. "I dont like x, so nobody should do it"....

      An easy way to live, if what i do doesnt physically affect anyone else, nor thier properity, then it is fine and they should do be the same, ie. FUCK OFF about giving a shit what i do, for i dont care what they do..

       

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    FM Hilton, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:39am

    We can swear?

    Oh, dammit, they have to go and make it illegal for people to give free expression to their innermost thoughts?

    Or as I always think:

    "What the fuck!?"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:45am

    In Soviet Russia, bad language uses YOU to express shades of meaning!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:56am

    In other news, all swear words now start with a D

    In other news, the Internet decides to chop off the first letter of all swear words and add a D to the beginning of each swear words instead.

    Also, this decision has resulted in a LOT more joke webpages about Ducks, and people saying 'Duck you' to each other.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 30th, 2013 @ 1:38am

      Re: In other news, all swear words now start with a D

      That would work exceptionally well except for all swearwords beginning with D.

      I vote for using Z instead.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:58am

    Fuck that!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 12:19pm

    Are you allow to swear on Russian TV? If so I would think that this policy would prevent legal TV streams of Russian content.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 12:26pm

    I am reminded of the opening 5 mins of Four Weddings and a Funeral. That film will cease to exist on the Internet in Russia.

     

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    Not Applicable, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 1:01pm

    Bollocks

    What a fucking load of old bollocks

     

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    William Turner, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 1:37pm

    I hope swearing to be banned everywhere.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 1:44pm

    Ouch.
    I hope nobody ends up fucking swearing in the comments once this gets passed.

    Might get Techdirt blocked in Russia.

     

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    Pickle Monger (profile), Jul 29th, 2013 @ 2:10pm

    Considering that she is also the main sponsor of the law banning mentioning homosexuality, this new move is not that surprising. That said, some of the most celebrated Russian authors have used the very words the esteemed Deputy is trying to remove from view. What exactly is she planning to do with those works of art that use the swear words? Does she think herself worthy of editing the works of Pushkin or Mayakovsky? If so, she is profoundly delusional.

     

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    Anonymous, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 2:40pm

    There appears to be a couple of s's missing from the end of Duma.

     

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    Pixelation, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 2:44pm

    Shit!

     

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    Watchit, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 2:54pm

    Fuck 'em

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 3:50pm

    In the UK people actually build the great-firewall-of-porn.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJfyNwM6Lw8

    Maybe in Russia people create the great-firewall-of-cussing.

     

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    Rekrul, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 4:54pm

    So Russia is going to block the entire internet?

     

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    Guardian, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 4:58pm

    so a polish guy and a russian meet at the border

    they get into argument over a potato, and start swearing ....they gonna arrest the Russian now for swearing into a foreign land?

     

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    Digitari, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 5:22pm

    the best part of this.........

    in America, Some site are blocked or banned because of talk about "drugs" In Russia, "Drugs" are your friends.....

    (is it possible to have illicit "friends")

     

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    Dane, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 5:43pm

    Hey, Russia

    Fuck you, Russia.

     

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    AndrewLee, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 6:19pm

    Gotta do it.

    Shit - дерьмо
    Piss - моча
    Fuck - ебать
    Cunt - влагалище
    Cocksucker - хуесос
    Motherfucker - ублюдок
    Tits - сиськи

    Okay I feel better now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 7:30pm

    shut your damn whore mouths you fuckcunts

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 10:18pm

    Son of a mother duck!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 30th, 2013 @ 3:02am

    So, if they want to censor something, they just have to add a shit-load of insulting comments on it ?

     

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    Angry Voter, Jul 30th, 2013 @ 3:59am

    For most of it's history

    For most of history, Russia has been a backwards laughing stock of ignorance and superstition. That was strictly due to religion because once religion was banned, Russia quickly became a global superpower with first class math and science.

    Already the priests have adorned themselves in gold like whores and drive around in Mercedes looking for boys to molest.

    Letting religion back into power will ruin Russia completely.

     

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    lemonzeye, Jul 30th, 2013 @ 5:43am

    Because, this

    "Yes, Russia is a wholesome country with no swearing or offensive anything, so I can understand why they'd want to do this."

    Said no one, ever. Truth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrU1hZxSEXQ

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 30th, 2013 @ 9:53am

    Now it's even more easy to incriminate websites.

     

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    Big Guy, Jul 30th, 2013 @ 10:35am

    You've got to be kiddng me..

    You've got to be kidding me. I mean agree that people should be respectful to others and what they say, but come on.. trying to ban swearing online is like trying to keep teenage girls from having sex, lol it's just not gonna work.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 30th, 2013 @ 3:19pm

    ну блять, эти засранци полности ахуели.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 31st, 2013 @ 8:24am

    )(`/ũ|-|,|

     

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